How to Take Body Measurements

Taking accurate body measurements is one of the keys to great fit.

All you need is a tape measure! While it's easiest to have someone else take your measurements, it can be done by yourself. Just stand in front of a mirror so that you can see that you have the tape in the right position.
Make sure you are in your underwear and stand up straight. That means roll your shoulders back to open your chest (try not to pull in your stomach.

Because the body is made of soft tissue, it can be a bit difficult to know exactly how tight to pull the tape around the body. The tape should be a bit snug, but not tight - it should not "dig in" or make an indentation in the body. It should not be loose, either! Just wrap the tape around the area of the body being measured and hold it in place. You should be able to put a finger behind the tape, but no more than that.

Measuring the body

A - Bust - Measure the bust at the fullest part (usually on your nipple area). Measure all around the body (total circumference).
A1 - Measure the bust above the fullest part under the arm ( see the picture)
A2 - Wrap tape measure just under the breasts, around the rib cage. This is your underbust measurement.
B - Bust length- Start at the shoulder (right next to the base of the neck), and measure to the fullest part of the bust ( usually nipple)
C - Waist - Measure the waist where the body bends. It helps to bend side to side to identify exactly where to measure. You can put an elastic band around the waist to mark the correct placement.
D - Hip - Measure the hips at the fullest part, usually around the seat.
E - High Hip - Measure around the fullest part, about 3 - 4" below the waist.
F - Front Waist Length - Start at the shoulder (right next to the base of the neck), and measure to the waist, measuring over the fullest part of the bust.
G - Arm Length - Measure from the top of the arm (find the bone at the shoulder/top of arm) to the desired length sleeve. WITH THE ELBOW BENT. It's important to keep the elbow bent to allow for movement when you make a sleeve.
H - Neck-Measure around the base of the neck.
I - Upper arm- Measure the circumference of your arm. Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your upper arm from front to back and around to the start point.
J - Lenght of the garment- Measure from waist line to the desired lenght.
K - Shoulder. Mesure from base of the neck to top of the arm ( find the bone at the shoulder).

 

SIZE CHARTS

SizesChest Measurements
(inches)
(cm)
North AmericaUKFranceGermanyItaly
XS/S 33.5 - 34.5
85 - 88
2 - 4 6 - 8 36 - 38 34 - 36 38 - 40
S/M 35.5 - 36.5
90 - 93
 6 - 8  10 - 12  38 - 40  36 - 38  40 -42
M/L  37.5 - 38.5
95 - 98
 10 - 12  14 - 16 40 - 42  38 - 40 42 - 44
L/XL  39.5 - 40.5
100 - 103
 14 - 16  18 - 20 44 - 46  42 - 44  46 - 48
XL/2X  44 - 46
112 - 117
18 - 20 20 - 22  50 52  48 - 50  52 - 54
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